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Re: new website: initial comments

From: Graham Percival
Subject: Re: new website: initial comments
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2009 01:26:28 -0700
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 08:32:40AM +0200, Bertalan Fodor wrote:
> Ok. Though the crash course is too long. One would never read it
> to the bottom. 

I spent about 30 minutes trying to make it smaller -- I must admit
that I have a huge "not invented here" bias against
beginner-oriented documentation.  But the Crash Course really does
an excellent job of going from step to step.

ABC: this is a simple example, gets the point across.  But
skeptics will immediately ask "well, what about non-ABC notes?"

alterations+chords: this answers those immediate questions.

Pop: demonstrates more complex (chords+lyrics) without making the
notation scary.

I'd consider removing the "orchestral parts" section, but the
notion of variable re-use is so widely used in any serious
typesetting that I really think it's worth introducing this early.

Also, there isn't a lot of text on the page.  New users will flip
from example to example, but that's fine.  At this point, all we
want is for them to see those constructs.

My only regrets are that we don't have pictures for the last two
sections.  A screenshot of lilypondtool (with that piano keyboard)
would be great for the final section.  I have no clue what we
could use in the "beginner documentation" section, but for balance
I'd like to get /something/ in there.

- Graham

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